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Mixed Feelings on IQ84 – A Book Review

Today I will be talking about IQ84 by Haruki Murakami, a book I finished at half past midnight and have mixed feelings about. This blog post will contain **SPOILERS**, so if you haven’t read it and are planning to do so you may wish to bail. I would offer you this counsel before you head though: if you’ve never read Murakami before, maybe don’t start here.

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Weekly Photo Challenge – Curves

Haven’t done this for a while, but this week’s photo challenge is curves, which was simple to put a bookish twist on!

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The book in question is Hell’s Bells by John Connolly, a sequel to his YA debute The Gates.  Both are very funny and worth a look – and if you enjoy them you’ll be pleased to hear the last in the trilogy, The Creeps, is due to be published in the autumn.

Disclaimer: I’ve never read Mr Connolly’s grown up thriller type books (although I have read The Book of Lost Things, which was fun) so you can’t hold me responsible if you love Charlie Parker and don’t like these!

How To Sell An eBook

eotstumblrPeople often ask me, ‘hey Ali! Whaddya do when you’re not writing books, blogging about writing books or blogging about books written by other people?’

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Editing Tales

As regular readers may be aware, I go on about how editing takes longer than first drafting to the point of being really quite boring.  It deserves attention, I trill, it is the most time consuming of all the things if you want to do it justice.

JG Ballard Crash Manuscript, found at donyalynne.blogspot.com

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Book Recommendations

Lately I have been trying to read ALL THE BOOKS.  This is impossible, but I am making a better fist of it that I did when I was doing the writing of the 12 books in 12 months.  Here are some brief highlights of what I’ve read since the start of October.  You should read all of these and tell me what you think.

  • The Pirates in an Adventure with WhalingGideon Defoe
    Made me laugh out loud several times, even better than the first in the series; ham.
  • SparksDavid Quantick
    Tonally a lot like Douglas Adams.  Parallel universes.  Jolly good fun.
  • Let’s Pretend This Never HappenedJenny Lawson
    Likely to make you snort-laugh in a most unladylike fashion. A memoir of a perplexing childhood and an account of an interesting adulthood by one of the internet’s best bloggers.  Worth a look if you enjoy Caitlin Moran, or if you want to laugh a lot.
  • MausArt Spiegelman
    I’m late to the party with Maus, obviously – it’s been on my to-read list for years, but I finally got around to it last month.  I can’t add much to what you probably already know – it’s fascinating and horrible and heartbreaking.  Read it please.  The end.
  • Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar ChildrenRansom Riggs
    A magical tale built around old sepia photos of freak shows.  I worried this might be a little bit cheesy, especially when the American kid went to visit Wales… but it’s actually not.  I’m very curious to know what happens next.
  • The Sisters BrothersPatrick De Witt
    If you’re a horse lover you may wish to look away.  An absorbing tale of the Wild West, but not the Will Smith kind.  It is a little slow to get started, but once it gets going it is very good.

Silent Sunday

Apologies if you’re meant to be a mummy blogger to join in with Silent Sunday…

Silent Sunday

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